Wales lads get in gear for Scot­tish warm up

The Rugby Paper - - News - ■ By SAM JACK­SON

OS­PREYS flanker Will Jones will cap­tain Wales U20 for the World Rugby cham­pi­onship in Ge­or­gia, which pits them against Aus­tralia, Eng­land and Samoa in an ex­tremely tough group.

Twenty-three of the 28man squad fea­tured in this year’s U20 Six Na­tions, re­warded for a cam­paign which lived up to their coaches’ de­sire to see Wales play an ex­cit­ing brand of rugby.

Those look­ing to gain their first caps at this level are cen­tre Con­nor Ed­wards, loose­head Ed­die Drake, lock Will Grif­fiths (Wales U18 cap­tain), wing Joe Good­child and tight­head Scott Jenk­ins.

Wales have suf­fered a blow with the loss of key cen­tre Keiran Wil­liams, top try scorer in the Six Na­tions, through in­jury but head coach Ja­son Strange is con­fi­dent those se­lected have what it takes to make a tilt at the ti­tle.

“It’s fair to say the time for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion is over,” said Strange. “We’ve got a bal­anced squad with huge amounts of po­ten­tial some of which we’ve al­ready seen.

“The new play­ers com­ing in are there be­cause they’ve shown they can in­te­grate well with the way we want the team to play. We’re hop­ing they can add to what we’ve al­ready achieved so far as a group.”

Wales will face their Scot­tish coun­ter­parts in Brid­gend on Tues­day in a warm-up.

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